Immigrant driver's licenses bill advances in Colorado

DENVER - People in the U.S. illegally could get driver's licenses in Colorado under a bill approved in the state Senate on Thursday.

Supporters argue the bill ensures everyone on the roads knows the rules and has car insurance.

Republican opponents fear the bill will encourage illegal immigration.

The bill would make Colorado one of a handful of states that currently allows driver's licenses for immigrants in the country illegally. New Mexico, Illinois and Washington allow driver's licenses for those illegally in the country. Utah grants immigrants a driving permit that can't be used for identification.

The licenses would be clearly labeled to say the immigrants are not legal residents, and the identification could not be used to board a plane, vote, or to obtain public benefits.

The bill passed 20-15 on a final vote in the Senate, it now goes to the House.

Senate Bill 251: http://bit.ly/17Xt0JK